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Public Interest Law

The Wayne Law Public Interest Law Fellowship (PILF) program was created in an effort to allow students additional opportunities to gain practical experience, ease financial stresses, and offer needed assistance to organizations providing legal services to underserved constituencies. Fellowship recipients, who will hold public interest jobs during the summer, will be selected by a committee consisting of Wayne Law faculty, staff, and students.

Public Interest Law Fellowships (PILF) are not awarded through the Office of Student Financial Aid. For application information, please contact a member of the PILF Committee, which is appointed by the Law School Dean.

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International Public Interest Law

The International Public Interest Law Fellowships (IPILF) allow students to work for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in countries around the world during the summer after their first or second year at Wayne Law. NGOs have agreed to partner with Wayne Law and host our students as summer interns. The partner organizations engage in advocacy on a broad range of issues including human rights, environment, women’s rights, law reform and more. Fellows will receive a $5,000 stipend to cover travel and living expenses for up to two months of work.

Please contact a member of the PILF Committee for more information and application materials. 


Other Public Interest Law Resources

Wayne State University Law School Loan Repayment Scholarships

Students employed in Public Interest or Public Service Law may apply for a scholarship to pay up to $5,000 of student loan debt. Please contact the Wayne Law Dean of Students Office for information about the Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Loan Repayment Scholarship and the Mark Weiss Memorial Loan Repayment Scholarship.

Loan Forgiveness Programs

Loan repayment assistance can come in the form of scholarships or loan forgiveness programs from a variety of sources. See our Loan Forgiveness Program webpage for more information.

Other Fellowship and Summer Scholarship Programs

We encourage you to consider all experiential opportunities for funding. Although the majority of fellowships are offered during the summer, there are a few that are available during other semesters, such as the Keith Center Post-9/11 Civil Rights Student Fellowship. See our Summer Scholarships & Fellowships webpage for more information. See our Other Reources webpage for Infomation on post graduate fellowships.